What’s It Really Like to Live in Dubai?

Posted by Ernest Hamilton on Jul 30, 2019 09:59 AM EDT
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There are a lot of reasons you might think about moving to Dubai. Some people move there because it seems like an adventure and a new way of life. Other people move there for work. There are also investors who don't necessarily move there full-time but do put their money to work in various ways.

Regardless of the specifics of your situation, you might be curious as to what it's like to live in Dubai on a daily basis, or what the overall lifestyle is like. 

Different Areas in Dubai

As with most other places in the world, there are places to live in the city for an urban feel in Dubai, and there are suburbs that work particularly well for families. As an example, there are the subcommunities of Arabian Ranches Dubai. These suburb areas offer over 4,000 villas spread across 23 subcommunities.

The subcommunities include Al Reem, which is the most sought-after suburban area in Dubai, as well as Palmera and Saheel. 

If you're considering a move to Dubai, these are areas you might go if you want a quieter way of life and a larger home. 

If you're an investor, it's worth noting these areas are incredibly sought after by renters. 

For people who like the beach, there is the Jumeriah Beach area, and the developments here tend to be luxurious and amenity-filled. 

Prepare for the Downsides

If you're considering moving or investing in Dubai, you may already be well aware of the cons. The area is booming in terms of its economy and social activities. The weather is beautiful, there are beaches, and it offers a high quality of life.

There are downsides, however. For example, there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape to prepare for in Dubai.

You need a permit or a license to do essentially everything, including living, working, driving, and more. 

Many employers will help their employees with these adjustments, so you may want to find employment before you actually make the move.

You can't live together in Dubai if you're not a married couple, and it's incredibly hot from June to September. 

Traffic is difficult, which makes commuting a challenge, and it's expensive to live in Dubai. The cost of living is often compared to London. 

Rental prices are high as is inflation, which is frequently why investors flock to Dubai, and there's a lot of development that can make things seem even more hectic. 

What's It Like Getting a Job in Dubai?

If you haven't yet found employment in Dubai, there are some things to know. First, Dubai has a relatively strong economy. Companies there do take the hiring process very seriously, and they put a lot of money into it.

To attract global talent, many companies in Dubai will offer coverage for the cost of getting your visa, flights, housing benefits, and medical insurance.

However, you should know that with so much invested, it is a rigorous and competitive process.

If you're going to move to Dubai, you will need certain documents including the documents from the college or university you attended. These are needed for most higher-level jobs and your visa. 

The Culture

If you live in Dubai, there will be some cultural differences compared to living in a Western country. Dubai isn't as conservative as some other Muslim countries, but there are still considerations to keep in mind.

For example, while it's not a requirement, many people will keep their shoulders covered in public.

On the beaches, clothing tends to be less conservative, but there aren't any instances where you're going to see nude sunbathing accepted. 

As far as alcohol, it's not forbidden in Dubai, although there are more restrictions than you might be used to. 

If you move to Dubai and you drink occasionally, you might apply for an alcohol license. An alcohol license is needed to purchase alcohol throughout the city at stores.

If you only purchase alcohol at places like bars and hotels, then you don't need a license. 

While Dubai isn't as conservative as you might think regarding alcohol, you can't take it in public and you should try and avoid appearing publicly intoxicated. 

Finally, be respectful of religious celebrations such as Eid and Ramadan. You might participate in some of the celebrations and events that occur with Muslin holidays, but even if you don't, you should be aware when these times are and behave accordingly. 

Just carrying yourself with general respect will go a long way in Dubai, and it's not nearly as restrictive as you might believe. 

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